Vietnam 5-Day Tour
Photo Taken at Jesus Hill, Vung Tau, Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh City(胡志明市 or Saigon西貢)is the largest city in Vietnam. Formerly it was called Saigon.The metropolitan area is populated by more than 9 million people making it the most populous metropolitan area in Vietnam and Indochina.
We went to Ho Chi Minh City in 2005 mainly due to the curiousity because we wanted to see the New Face of Vietnam after the massive destructions of Vietnam War.We took a 5-day-tour to Ho Chi Minh City and its surroundings.
Looking back on the historical background, Ho Chi Minh City was under French rule for the past five decades, therefore it was badly influenced by the French culture. The commom phenomenon we saw on the street of Ho Chi Minh City was “ Open Air Coffee Cafés “and “ Men wearing French hats “(Green berets).Every where we went in the city, we saw an influx of moto-cycles hovering along the road.
In the market place, we bought some cheap dresses and shoes. We also visited the following scenic spots: Cuchi Underground Tunnel(古芝隧道) (1948-1972)--- famous battle field in Vietnam War closed to Saigon City, City Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral , Thong Nhat Conference Hall ( or called Reunification Palace) , People’s Committee Headquarters (Former Name Hotel De Ville ), Post Office ,Ho Chi Minh Memorial Museum, Chinese Tian-Hau Temple(天后廟), War Museum , Ben Thanh market, China Town and Thien Hau Pagoda and Historical Museum.
We also visited the beautiful resort town Vung Tau, 128 km from Saigon which was a holiday paradise like Pattaya(巴提雅) in Thailand.In Vung Tau , we visited a Chinese Temple and Jesus Hill. The latter was well-known to all Christians.